Kawhi Leonard's mysterious thigh injury was enough to put him on hold almost all of last season when he engaged in an increasingly bitter confrontation with the Spurs, last week led to his trading with the Raptors. However, Leonard seems to have recovered enough to live his physical life in Toronto, while Danny Green, who traded with Leonard, supported his teammate's skepticism towards San Antonio's medical staff.
In his new podcast Green said his own groin injury was abused by the Spurs. He claimed he still felt uncomfortable after an initial diagnosis of a "light burden" and rehabilitation treatment that prevented him from playing for some matches, but the team doctors did not send him to a specialist or conduct another investigation by the end of the year Season, when it turned out that the burden to a groin tear had worsened.
"I would feel it and they were like, my agent," Maybe you should get a second opinion. "I did not want to, because I have full faith and believe in the Spurs staff", said Green. "They've always been great to me, they've always done it right, they've always done a damn good job, so we watched it throughout the season, but we never went back to check it again, because so Many other injuries have happened.
"I would have got a second opinion, so I see where Kawhi comes from when he has his second opinion. Many times you get information from external sources that do not say that Spurs employees are not equivalent, it's just not that everyone in each area is a specialist.
Leonard's injury was originally announced by the Spurs in September as a case of right quadriceps tendinopathy that would deem him preseason games, and coach Gregg Popovich then gave vague descriptions of the condition of his star player when Leonard opened the season opener and many Leonard appeared in just nine contests until San Antonio resigned him in January for an "indefinite period of time" that turned out to be the remainder of the season Reports began to show "discord" between the two-time NBA defender of the year and the Spurs, and while Popovich mocked the talk of a rare "soap opera" that included his normally drama-free group, it was not long before the NBA Insiders claimed that some of Leonard's teammates expressed frustration over him and implored him to return to the lineup
This never happened, and Leonard even refused to play for the Spurs playoff games while using New York as a base for his medical treatments and recovery efforts. When Spurs officials came to New York to check on him, he allegedly hid from them, reflecting the bizarre extreme state of his alienation from the team.
Leonard is no longer in the team, having been in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019-protected first-draft pick. His physical past, reported Tuesday by Brian Windhorst of ESPN, means the trade is official, and Leonard's health is no longer the Spurs' problem.
"They did everything they could, but I think it would have been nice to see a specialist just to see if there was another angle, a different view," Green said of the training staff Spurs. "Just because Kawhi has a second opinion, you can not upset him."
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